Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neuro-degenerative disorder afflicting the region of the brain that controls body movement. Currently, an estimated one million people in the US live with PD. Additionally, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with Parkinson’s.

At the present time, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. However, care is focused on alleviating the symptoms of PD and helping the Person with Parkinson’s (PWD) have a better quality of life.

Helping people with Parkinson’s to lead a better quality of life starts with understanding the disease symptoms – both motor and non-motor symptoms, and how they affect physical and emotional states. While the degree of severity may vary, predominant symptoms include:

 

Motor Symptoms

Slowness of Movement (Bradykinesia)

Stiffness of Movement (Rigidity)

Tremors

Postural Instability

Speech Impairment (Hypophonia)

 

Non-Motor Symptoms

Mood (Irritability, Depression, Anxiety)

Cognitive Impairment

Fatigue

Sleep Disturbances

Gastrointestinal problems (including Constipation)

Skin Conditions (including excessive sweating, dry skin & dandruff)

 

Since PD is degenerative, many symptoms tend to increase in severity over time. Hence, the needs of caregiving also change over time.

 


At Hestia Care Services, our Parkinson’s Care Program is both:

Comprehensive (caring for motor and non-motor symptoms) and

Adaptive (altering caregiving components to match the changing needs through time)

 

We are passionate about providing the highest quality of care that enables the person with Parkinson’s to live independently at home, to the fullest extent possible.

 

Hestia’s Parkinson's Care Program consists of:

Comprehensive assessment of client needs and home safety

Meal Planning with PD-specific nutrition regimen

Assistance with personal care and daily activities of living (ADLs) with sensitivity to PD-specific motor impairment

Medication Reminders

Escort for follow-up visits to the required health care practitioners (including setting up appointments and providing transportation)

Music Therapy

 


For further information, call us at 617.910.2200 or fill out our Contact Form.